East London’s Alma Street is Greener Together

What happens when a community unites to take on climate change together? 

Climate change is an issue that affects all of us, but the ways in which we’ll be affected depends on factors like income, gender, ethnicity and where we live. 

In London, and in many other parts of the UK, those on lower incomes and people of colour are disproportionately affected by issues such as poor air quality, lack of access to green spaces, overheating and flash flooding. Still, these groups are often underrepresented in environmental groups, programmes and discussions. 

How can we be greener together?    

Greener Together brought residents of Alma Street, East London, together to turn grey to green, tackle fly-tipping and littering, create safer and more accessible spaces for play and exercise, and tackle broader issues related to social and environmental inequalities. 

Living in ways that are good for our health and the environment should be accessible to everyone. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Alma Street residents and three partners, the Mayor of London, Ten Years' Time and Afterparti, to explore how we can address climate change in a way that also builds more resilient communities. 

 

The difference made  

Alma Street and surrounding roads are one of the areas in London most affected by bad air quality, poor housing and lack of green spaces. Greener Together brought residents together to identify issues, unlock funding, and test potential solutions.  

Over the last 18 months we’ve kickstarted a bunch of events, activities and projects to make the neighbourhood greener, safer and cleaner. These have created opportunities for people to learn skills and connect with each other. Activities included:  

  • Creating a beautiful wildflower allotment and installing raised beds for growing herbs and veggies  
  • Securing funding to transform the neglected Alma Street Play Area into a state-of-the-art multi-use games area 
  • Shining a spotlight on some of the environmental and social inequalities facing residents and taken steps to address these.  

How can I get involved?

Work or live near Alma Street and want to get involved or support Greener Together? Find out more at www.greenertogether.co.uk 

This is what climate action looks like for this community, but what does it look like to you? 

Check out our 10 Actions for Londoners to for tips on how you can help the planet today! 

Discover the 10 actions

Ready to get your neighbours together? Our Spring Into Action Guide has loads of guidance on how to start environmental projects in your community.